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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 02/ 3/2010

Evening news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good evening. Hard to believe we had snow last night. At least downtown near Wash Post Central, most of the snow has melted away, leaving bits of snow melt in its wake.

And yes, we’ve heard the complaints that we hyped the storm too much (just like we heard the complaints that we didn’t hype Saturday’s snowstorm enough). Hard to win when it comes to weather predictions. So where does that leave us? Looking toward the next storm of course.

The headline from the Capital Weather Gang's latest post: "Big snow likely." Okay, but remember it’s only Wednesday and things could change. So stay with the Post as the story develops.

Also, check out snow photos. And, if you happen to be a snow lover there's a snowpocalypse fan page on Facebook.

Panda-mania, the final chapter. Another story that Post readers are split on is the saga of our soon-to-be-departing baby Panda, Tai Shan. Too much coverage! Not enough coverage! Today was the last day for folks to see our fuzzy little friend in his National Zoo home, before he heads to China. Yes, we know he’s just an animal – he didn’t cure cancer or anything, but for a segment of the D.C. area population, he was a special attraction and he will be missed. The Post’s Michael Ruane profiles panda lover Frances Nguyen, who defines panda fanatic (but in a very sweet way).

The Hill takes on D.C. gay marriage. Senator Bob Bennett, a Republican from Utah has filed legislation that would prevent D.C. from implementing the recently approved gay marriage bill until the public is allowed to vote on the issue. Also, WUSA weighs in as well.

Metro to pilot rescue vehicle. A new Mobile Response Emergency Vehicle (MERV) that could help with critical underground Metro rescues will make its debut during a Feb. 13 exercise planned for the Rosslyn Metro station.

Good news for GWU. The George Washington University Medical School is off probation.

Plenty of parking. District officials think they may have found a way to fill the chronically empty parking garage beneath the DC USA shopping complex in Columbia Heights. They’re offering it up for commuter parking.

A streetcar named Wisconsin? What do you think about a trolley going up Wisconsin Avenue? Lots of folks seem to like the idea. The folks at the Georgetown Metropolitan have the scoop. There’s a Facebook fan page, natch.

And speaking of Facebook fan pages, you can become a fan of the Post's hard working Metro reporters. Just put "Post Metro" into the search field and you'll find us. Sign up and you'll get automatic feeds of our best stories.

Thanks for reading. Have a great evening.

By Washington Post editors  | February 3, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
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